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When should you see your doctor about belly pain?

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You can’t prevent all types of stomach pain, and in some cases, you may need medicine, surgery, or another kind of treatment. If you have sharp or severe stomach pain, get medical help right away. Some things that can cause these include:

  • Appendicitis
  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colitis/Crohn’s disease (inflammation of your colon)
  • Side effects of medication

From: How Can I Prevent Belly Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Stomach virus (gastroenteritis).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Abdominal pain syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergy vs. food intolerance: What’s the difference?” “Nonulcer stomach pain.”

Nemours Foundation: “Digestive system,” “Stomachaches.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on May 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Stomach virus (gastroenteritis).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Abdominal pain syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergy vs. food intolerance: What’s the difference?” “Nonulcer stomach pain.”

Nemours Foundation: “Digestive system,” “Stomachaches.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on May 22, 2017

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